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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Ranked #7 of 308 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your tour will take you through the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous 5-Star Admirals, Top Ranking Naval Officers and thousands of Enlisted Sailors. You'll love getting up close to the giant 16" Guns, feeling 18" of cold solid steel in the Captain's Bridge, seeing the evolution of weaponry from WWII through the Cold War, hearing first-hand stories from Navy veterans, and experiencing life as a Sailor on the "Big Stick". Your family will be awed by IOWA's proud, historic legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships to ever set sail! Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.
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Tromsø - Rovaniemi
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Not exactly located downtown L.A - but if you have a car I would recommend the drive. A nice marked walk through the ship - cant get lost. Only wish more of the ship would have been accessible - but thats maybe too much to ask for. $18 for adult. Have to pay extra for parking, but it wasnt too... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit a battleship, then the USS Iowa should be it. We went to both the Midway (aircraft carrier in SD) and the Iowa and the Iowa was leaps and bounds more educational than the other. We liked both, but there was more reverence at the Iowa. It didn't feel like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Had a great time visiting the USS IOWA! We took my father who is a Vietnam veteran and not only did they announce his arrival thanking him for his service over the PA system but they were nice enough to track down the key to one of the gun mounts so my dad could show us where he sat. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Took my Grandkids here for the tour. They took a real good interest on the visit here and was amazed by the size of the ship and the history around it. They really enjoyed the video clip that was shown. I would recommend taking the family there and I would definitely go back as they open up other sections up.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Glad I made the effort to come and visit. Really awesome and majestic sentinel of past historical achievements. Was great to walk it, feel it, see frozen in time different areas of the ship. Not sure if I was entitled to a guided tour, I guess so, but I tailed on one that had started. It really is many times... More

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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Hands down the best part of this tour are the volunteers who offer stories and answer questions as long as guests keep asking. FDR's bedroom is an exhibit in itself. There are a tremendous amount of stairs many are narrow and ladder like. I don't recommend this for anyone with mobility concerns. I look forward to returning as they open... More

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Kingsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We all learn history, but nothing compares to "seeing & touching" it. Take a tour with one of the many volunteers for a fascinating look back at the incredible engineering on this ship before the computers of today. You can do a self-guided walk, but a personal tour offers so much more information and a chance to ask questions --great... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I have toured the Battleship Missouri in Hawaii and now the Iowa. Both Iowa class Battleships, probably the most impressive war ships ever constructed. The tour is always growing as they open more sections of the ship and combined with a meal in the San Pedro area makes for a great day trip.

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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As this iconic ship has only been available for tours since 2012, I felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to take the tour. I am a scuba diver and love to dive wrecks, but I am glad this one is where she is. The renovation information was outstanding, all the volunteers around the ship were very informative. A well... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

She is called the Battleship of Presidents as the U.S.S. Iowa hosted multiple visits by different presidents, but most notably FDR on his journeys during WWII to consult with Winston Churchill on the conduct of the war. Being able to enter FDR's stateroom and see the accommodations made for FDR proved insightful, especially after Ken Burn's terrific miniseries on the... More

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